Mostly Credited As: Norman Mailer
Birth Name: Norman Kingsley Mailer
Date Of Birth: January 31, 1923 (Age 84)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Long Branch, New Jersey
Date Of Death: November 10, 2007
Cause Of Death: acute renal failure
Norman Kingsley Mailer born in Long Branch, New Jersey on the 31st of January, 1923 is a well known American writer, journalist and novelist, whose literary accomplishment gone through the post WWII era to present day.
He was raised in Brooklyn and attended Harvard University in 1939.his interests in writing flourished while he was studying at the prestige University. He published is first literary work while he was only 18 years old.
Mailer would be later enlisted to join and serve in the army for World War II. In 1948, during his involvement in the army, he wrote his world-famous books, The Naked and the Dead, which was based on his personal experiences during the War.
In the years that followed his involvement in the war, He worked as a scriptwriter in Hollywood. Miller would be discouraged because of the blunted refusal of his works by many publishers. But he would latter become famous for his anti-establishment essayist in the mid 1950s. these works include:The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster (1956), and Advertisement for Myself (1959). Both of which examine violence, hysteria, crime, and confusion in the them American society.
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Norman had won two Pulitzer Prizes, for his non-fiction book "The Armies of the Night" (1969) and his novel "The Executioner's Song"
Norman was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987.
Mailer has written several screenplays, including for The Naked and the Dead, The Executioner's Song and Tough Guys Don't Dance (a movie he also directed)... Like his contemporary Gore Vidal, Mailer has dabbled in politics -- he ran for mayor of New York City in 1969 and lost... In 2005 he was given an award for lifetime achievement by the National Book Foundation (they give out National Book Awards).
Norman Mailer Quotes
There are two kinds of brave men: those who are brave by the grace of nature, and those who are brave by an act of will.
I knew that there was one thing I wanted to be and that was a writer.
I take it for granted that there's a side of me that loves public action, and there's another side of me that really wants to be alone and work and write. And I've learned to alternate the two as matters develop.
Making a film is a cross between a circus, a military campaign, a nightmare, and orgy and a high.
Great writers are not easy to read, and shouldn't be.
Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.